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Kaplan Center Names Fellows, Affiliates

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June 1, 2005

The Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities has announced fellows and affiliates for the 2005-06 academic year.

The fellows, who will focus on their current research project, are:

David Schoenbrun (history) will spend his year-long fellowship exploring “Violence, Vulnerability and Authority in Eastern Africa Before 1800.”

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosophy) plans to use his two-course teaching reduction to examine “Figures of Difference: The Philosophical Readings of L.S. Senghor.”

Nasrin Qader (French and Italian) intends to work on “Narratives of Catastrophe in Francophone African Fiction” during her fellowship year.

Ji-Yeon Yuh (history) will use her full-year fellowship in 2006-07 to investigate “Contesting Nationalisms: Memory, Identity and the Korean Diaspora.” In 2005-06, she will head Northwestern’s Asian American Studies program.

Janet Olson is the new Library Fellow. She will be working on “William Dwight Porter Bliss and the Gospel of Social Salvation,” researching the life and thought of W.D.P. Bliss (1856-1926), an Episcopalian priest and Christian socialist who was an influential figure in the social reform movements of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.

Faculty Affiliates are Martha Biondi (African American Studies), Dario Fernandez-Morera (Spanish and Portuguese), Christine Froula (English) and Dorothy Wang (English).

Graduate Affiliates are Samir Haddad (philosophy), Devorah Heitner (program in media, technology and society), Bishupal Limbu (comparative literary studies), Christina S. McMahon (theatre/drama), Stefka Mihaylova (theatre/drama), Jonathan Mathys (philosophy), Lida Maxwell (political science), Paul North (comparative literary studies and German), and Heather Schoenfeld (sociology).

In 2005-06 three Jean Lane Humanities Professors will lead quarterly seminars and speaker series on three distinct topics. They are:

Sarah E. Fraser (art history) in the fall: “What is Chinese About Chinese Art?”

Dylan Penningroth (history) in the winter: “African Americans and the Law: History, Literature and Practice.”

Alessia Ricciardi (French and Italian) in the spring: “The Aftermath of Marxism.”